News and Announcements

New location!

JA Finance Park will more than double in size.

This is a big year for Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV). We're celebrating our 50th anniversary. We're preparing to more than double in size, as we grow to serve all 10th-grade students in our region by 2018. To accommodate that growth and offer a more enhanced experience, we're excited to announce our partnership with Henrico County to adapt space in the new Libbie Mill Library to house our JA Finance Park program. 

What's behind this fast-track growth?

  • First, we believe that every student in our region deserves to participate in our JA Finance Park program, which is considered to be one of the best of its kind.  The program consists of classroom lessons that culminate in a visit to the new facility at Libbie Mill Library. There, students become adults for a day, making tough buying decisions, paying bills and investing their virtual savings. Our new location will enable us to provide a more real-world experience, including the opportunity to explore career paths. 
  • Second, the demand for the program reflects the school systems' strong support for the VA DOE requirement that all high school seniors need one credit hour of personal finance and economics to graduate.

We expect to begin construction this year, with a move-in date by the end of 2017. Funding will come from our community of supporters. As a nonprofit organization, everything we do today and will do tomorrow is possible because of generous supporters—such as Henrico County and our lead partners committed to this project, Dominion Virginia Power and Virginia529 College Savings Plan.

We are grateful for the support of these partners—and others to come—who share our commitment to our mission to empower young people to own their economic success and succeed in a global economy. 

To learn more, contact Daphne Swanson at

Link to Richmond Times-Dispatch article.



Dine Out for a Great Cause - Februrary 10, 2016   

In celebration of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia's (JACV) 50th anniversary, the not-for-profit organization is partnering with local restaurants to help support programming in schools throughout Central Virginia.  Dine Out for JA is a month-long charity event for JACV that runs through February. 

Student Ambassadors and Future Laureates - Scholarship Announcement - Februrary 1, 2016

This year, JACV is pleased to announce an exciting addition to the Student Ambassador program. All high school juniors and seniors who apply for a Student Ambassador position will be considered for the Future Laureate scholarship of $2,500. 

Students Enlightened by Job Shadowing at VA529 College Savings Plan and RIR - January 20, 2016

On Thursday, January 14, students from Varina High School visited Virginia529 College Savings Plan and students from Henrico High School visited Richmond International Raceway. The young people spent time with company leadership, visited various departments within the companies, observed staff and participated in discussions focusing on career choices.    

JA of Central Virginia Celebrates 50 Years of Empowering Youth - January 13, 2016

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV).  The organization, chartered in 1966, strives to ensure that students throughout Central Virginia are grounded in leadership and entrepreneurial principles, financial literacy and workforce readiness.  Since its inception, JACV has provided economic and entrepreneurial education to more than 450,000 Central Virginia students.

JA's Empowered through Ethics - October 26, 2015

Empowered through Ethics, sponsored by PwC, brings Richmond-area executives into high school classrooms to spend one hour engaging students with challenging discussions and dynamic activities revovling around business ethics.

JACV Formalizes Partnerships with Local Schools - August, 31 2015

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) is pleased to announce the establishment of memoranda of understanding with four local school districts – Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Richmond.

Entrepreneur Boot Camp - July 13, 2015

JA of Central Virginia partners with VCU School of Business to offer entrepreneurial-based workshops to high school students. 

Three inducted in to Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame - May 22, 2015

Three local business executives were inducted into the Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

Game of life requires dollar sense - May 10, 2015

Daphne Walker OP/ED piece on Junior Achievement and the Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia is a Finalist for a RichTech Award

Innovation in Community Award in partnership with ConnectVA is awarded to an individual, non-profit, or business (civic-minded team or project) in central Virginia that displays the most innovative use(s) of technology to further enrich and advance our community.

2015 JA Business Hall of Fame to induct three - December 18, 2014
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia is proud to honor Teddy Gottwald, Gail W. Johnson and Bob Mooney on May 21, 2015 at The Jefferson Hotel.

2014 Teens Personal Finance Executive Summary

2013 Joseph C. Ramage Announcement
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) is pleased to announce establishment of the Joseph C. Ramage Board Service Award to be awarded to all outgoing board chairpersons. Mr. Ramage has served on the board of directors of JACV for over forty years.

$75,000 Grant from Capital One
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) announced today that it has received a grant in the amount of $75,000 from Capital One. This generous grant will support JA Money Camp and Capital One/JA Finance Park programs as well as Capital One's adoption of two elementary schools in which to deliver programs. All programs focus on financial literacy and will serve under-resourced schools and organizations.

Walmart Foundation Grant Announcement - June 20, 2013
Junior Achievement of Central Virginia (JACV) announced today that it has received a grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program. This generous grant will support delivery of programs focusing on workforce development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to 750 middle and high school students in Central Virginia schools.

High School Students Explore Career Choices - April 18, 2013
In an effort to encourage Richmond students to strive for success, increase their competitiveness, and gain a better understanding of jobs in the community, Junior Achievement of Central Virginia will be launching its first ever JA Job Shadow program with Davenport & Company, LLC on May 1, 2013.

High School Heroes Volunteer in Local Elementary School - March 11, 2013
In Junior Achievement (JA) of Central Virginia's newest effort to increase its impact on local students, fifty juniors from Glen Allen High School in Henrico County will serve as JA High School Heroes and travel to Highland Springs Elementary School to teach students in a JA in a Day on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Four Business Leaders to be Inducted into Business Hall of Fame - February 18, 2013

Business Leaders Speak in Local School on Ethics - October 18, 2012

Local Business Leaders Tackle Ethics with Local High School Students - October 1, 2012
Nov. 29, 2011 - Over 500,000 students were taught financial education through Junior Achievement and Financial Services Roundtable member companies' employee volunteers during the 2010-2011 School Year.